— Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
— Tupac Shakur rapper and actor 1971 - 1996
„For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk and we learned to listen.“
— Stephen Hawking British theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author 1942
Context: For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk and we learned to listen. Speech has allowed the communication of ideas, enabling human beings to work together to build the impossible. Mankind's greatest achievements have come about by talking, and its greatest failures by not talking. It doesn't have to be like this. Our greatest hopes could become reality in the future. With the technology at our disposal, the possibilities are unbounded. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking. British Telecom advertisement (1993), part of which was used in Pink Floyd's Keep Talking (1994) and Talkin' Hawkin'<nowiki/> (2014)
— Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
— Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963
„It's so overwhelming. It's almost better than winning the lottery, because you worked for it. It's like something you want all your life, but you never thought it would happen, and all of a sudden it did.“
— Ronnie Coleman American bodybuilder 1964
On his reaction being named the top professional bodybuilder in the world — reported in Nancy Kruh (October 3, 1999) "Ronnie Coleman- Nobody messes with this Arlington cop, a.k.a. Mr. Olympia", The Dallas Morning News, p. 1E.
„Rome cut off the heads of Christians and they continued to reappear one way or another. Something similar happens with Marxists.“
— Augusto Pinochet Former dictator of the republic of Chile 1915 - 2006
Speech (10 November 1995), quoted in "Las frases para el bronce de Pinochet."
„Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don't believe is right.“
— Jane Goodall British primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist 1934
Reported in Yolanda Brooks, Do Animals Have Rights? (2008), p. 23
I'll always be nothing.
I can't even wish to be something.
Aside from that, I've got all the world's dreams inside me.“
— Fernando Pessoa Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher 1888 - 1935
Álvaro de Campos (heteronym), Tabacaria ["The Tobacconist's" or "The Tobacco Shop"] (15 January 1928) Variant translations: I am nothing. Never shall be anything. Cannot will to be anything. This apart, I have in me all the dreams of the world. trans. Jonathan Griffin, in Selected Poems (Penguin Books, 1974), p. 111 I am not nothing. I will never be nothing. I cannot ever want to be nothing. Apart from that, I have in me all the dreams of the world. In Webster's New World Dictionary of Quotations (2005), p. 649 I am nothing. I shall never be anything. I cannot even wish to be anything. Apart from this, I have within me all the dreams of the world.
— Bear Grylls, Mud, Sweat, and Tears: The Autobiography